Youth Innovation Fund

Youth Innovation

2017 Success Story - Congratulations Toby Dean and Jessica Gill

Congratulations to Toby Dean for his winning application to the Nidd Realty Youth Innovation Fund. Toby wrote an outstanding application and has been hard at work planning an exciting invention to help with sports development that he will be putting his $2000 prize towards.

Congratulations also to Jessica Gill for winning the Community Spirit award. This $200 prize goes to an applicant who has a community focus to their idea. Jessica has been running a netball training academy for primary school students in her spare time and needs some assistance to buy resources to help with development.

Well done to everyone else who entered. The quality of applications was excellent and a lot of hard work has gone into them.

During the year we provide grants to young Dunedin entrepreneurs to help them achieve their innovative goals.

If you’re under 18 years old, live in Dunedin and have an innovative idea that a $2000 grant would help with, then this grant is for you!

Maybe you want to fly to Auckland to go to a game development conference, maybe you need some money to build a prototype of your invention or you may be a budding musician or artist who needs help towards some studio time or setting up your art studio. You are only limited by your imagination - don't hold back!

Keep an eye out here and on our facebook page for the annoncement of our next round of funding. 


2016 Success Story - Congratulations Sam Hewson!

Sam Hewsom

Sam is an Otago Boys High School year 10 student with a passion for invention!

While mowing his grandparent’s lawn, he thought to himself “why should I mow the lawns and then do the edges when I can do both at once?” From there his first invention was born.

Sam has made his first prototype of the clip-on lawn edger for electric and petrol lawnmowers. He is now going to use the money from the Nidd Realty Youth Innovation Fund to build his next prototype and take his invention to the next stage.

We can't wait to see Sam's progress with his invention!

Well done again Sam

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Here's our 2015 success story from the Nidd Realty Youth Innovation Fund - Karl Brinsdon

Karl Brinsdon

This creative young man wrote an outstanding application for the competition. Karl is a Taieri College 14 year old who was not just content with making his own guitar pickups, he now wants to build guitars from scratch using recycled rimu from Taieri College’s recently demolished A Block. He then plans to donate the first guitar to the Taieri College Music Department and then build a near identical guitar for himself.

Not just can he build guitars but he can also play them with his band making it through to the finals of the Rockquest just last week.
Karl also plans to host concerts for young people providing an opportunity for his band and others to display their talents.

To top things off, this innovative young mind is also working on another exciting project developing a cell phone charger operated by energy created when walking.

Karl truly embodies what we were trying to achieve with this project and we are proud to name him the inaugural winner of the prize.

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